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Price of Obama's 'College Affordability'

FedUp2012 Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 10:58 AM
Aside from shopping around for the best price, they might want to get a degree with a potential for employment. I know that sounds like a CRAZY idea. My niece is currently in college and as a child of "middle class" income parents, she doesn't qualify for much in grants or scholarships based on "need", so her parents are paying her way so that she doesn't leave college up to her eyeballs in debt. At 20 years old, she had already figured out that most of her friends are just there to party at someone else's expense(either their parents or government loans). It is even offensive to her!! Her goal is to finish her degree as soon as she possibly can and get out and find a job in the field that she has chosen.
"No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money," President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party's nomination in Charlotte, N.C., this month.

That sentence -- key in Obama's "college affordability" agenda -- says everything about this administration's approach to selling itself to the American voter.

What's wrong with the message? Let me count the ways.

--It ignores reality. There is no reason a qualified poor kid cannot get into college in the United States simply because of money.

Richard J. Vedder, director of Ohio University's Center for College Affordability and Productivity,...